8:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Jack Horgan-Jones

Jack Horgan-Jones

Chief Reporter, The Sunday Business Post

8:35

Opening Ministerial Address: Planning Ireland’s energy investment future

Frances Fitzgerald TD (invited)

Frances Fitzgerald TD (invited)

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Ireland’s Energy Mix

8:50

Tomorrow’s energy scenarios

What will our grid look like in 2030?

Rosemary Steen

Rosemary Steen

Director of External Affairs, EirGrid

9:10

Designing the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme

The renewables industry in Ireland continues to offer greater potential for accelerating the decarbonisation of the energy system, but urgently needs clarity on policy signals to allow the necessary developments to get started. Following the consultation on the Design of a new RESS at the end of 2017, this session will provide a critical perspective on the latest developments in the scheme design, including drawing on experience of similar design choices and resulting implications in other markets. The session will also assess how the continuing rapid decline of various technology costs will affect the implementation and impact of any new scheme.

Andy Kelly

Andy Kelly

Principal Consultant, Poyry

9:30

Case Study: FDI and Ireland’s Data Market

Frank Conlon

Frank Conlon

Divisional Manager, IDA

9:50

Q&A with speakers

10:00

Morning Break

10:25

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the right energy mix for Ireland’s future

This panel will debate what is the right mix of energy to power Ireland so that we can realise our potential to be a low-carbon, inclusive, competitive and secure energy society. This promises to be a lively session!

Dr. David Connolly

Dr. David Connolly

Head of Policy, Irish Wind Energy Association

John Mullins

John Mullins

Chief Executive Officer, Amarenco

Peter Kavanagh

Peter Kavanagh

Chief Executive, Highfield Energy

Denis O’Leary

Denis O’Leary

Head of Smart Energy, ESB

Heating: Policy and the Heat Initiative

11:05

Transitioning to a lower carbon economy: The National Mitigation Plan and strategies to address emission heating and transport

  • How will we achieve a balance between competing technologies?
  • What principles, criteria will be applied?
  • How can higher costs be justified (and be applied equitably)?
Michael Manley (invited)

Michael Manley (invited)

Assistant Secretary, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Energy

11:25

Ireland’s renewable heat initiative

Dr. Ger Devlin

Dr. Ger Devlin

CEO, Irish BioEnergy Association

11:45

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Shaping the future of electricity

Grid modernization efforts around the world are dealing with multiple issues – maintaining reliability and resiliency while integrating higher and higher levels of renewables and distributed resources; providing a platform for engaging customers and helping them to optimize their overall energy use; and facilitating the electrification of transportation and heat. All of this is also requiring integration with new communications infrastructures and new approaches to grid management and planning.International cooperation is helping to pave the way for these sweeping changes.

Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President, EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), USA

12:15

Lunch and Networking

1:30

Welcome back from the afternoon Chair

Dara Lynott

Dara Lynott

CEO, EAI (Electricity Association of Ireland)

1:35

Fair, open and transparent energy futures – the integrated grid

Jonathan Sandham

Jonathan Sandham

Head of Smart Networks, ESB Networks

1:55

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Demand-side flexibility in Europe

The session will look into market conditions, best practice and trends for Explicit and Implicit Demand Response in European countries today. A particular focus will be put on the regulatory changes expected from the European Clean Energy Legislative Package and how this will affect business opportunities in smart energy solutions.

Frauke Thies

Frauke Thies

Executive Director, SEDC (Smart Energy Demand Coalition), Belgium

2:20

Panel Discussion: The recent re-profiling of Ireland’s Smart Metering Programme and it’s likely effects on industry

Our panel of expert speakers will discuss the prospect for the CER’s revised metering programme to be rolled-out and fully implemented within the allocated time frame. When will suppliers be able to use Smart Metering as a means to offer new products and services to customers? What is the future for demand response and where are the opportunities for SME’s. Our panellists will also discuss possible future models required to finance grids as the scale of distributed generation and energy storage increases as the current remuneration model (revenues related to energy flows) comes under increasing strain…

John Byrne

John Byrne

Smart Meter Programme Manager, ESB Networks

Gerard Harnett

Gerard Harnett

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bord Gais Energy

Laura Brien

Laura Brien

Director, Energy Markets, Commission for Regulation of Utilities

3:00

An update on I-SEM

The Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) is a new wholesale electricity market arrangement for Ireland and Northern Ireland. The new market arrangements are designed to integrate the all-island electricity market with European electricity markets, enabling the free flow of energy across borders. The Internal Energy Market (IEM) for electricity and gas is one of the key pillars for the European single market. Free trade across borders and non-discrimination between internal and cross-border transactions are the foundations of the single market. To enable cross-border trade across the IEM, each coupled market implements its own rules based on a standard ex ante trading arrangement. This is achieved by adopting the EU Target Model, which is the blueprint for market integration across the IEM, including the I-SEM. This presentation will inform delegates where we are in terms of our May 2018 to go-live. What’s the extent of our market participant readiness? Has a capacity mechanism has been approved (with or without amendments) and been put in place with first Auctions held.- if not then what (ISEM falls)? If yes, what have the auction results shown?

John MacNamara

John MacNamara

Head of Commercial and Regulatory Affairs, Bord Na Móna PowerGen

3:20

Energy storage options for Ireland

Low and zero carbon forms of energy such as wind and solar are inherently variable in nature, and increasing their contribution leads to challenges in reliably meeting demand (which is also variable) and managing costs. Energy storage is a key enabler for the transition to a truly low carbon energy system. There are a great many storage options available – batteries, fly wheels, hydrogen and thermal energy to name but a few – all of which can play an important role in better system management and security of supply. This talk will discuss the application of the most common storage technologies, and introduce some that are less well known, but may have real potential in future.

Professor Tony Day

Professor Tony Day

Executive Director, International Research Centre

3:40

Conference close